McMorris Rodgers Votes to Create Jobs, Lower Energy Costs, and Promote Energy Industry in Eastern Washington
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Chair of the House Republican Conference, released the following statement today after the House passed several bills to enhance America's energy security and create jobs:
"This week the House passed three commonsense bills that will go a long way toward addressing our nation's pressing energy concerns. The Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act cuts unnecessary federal regulations and promotes job growth in Eastern Washington’s energy industry; the Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act allows energy development by streamlining the federal permitting process and opening up proven energy reserves; and the Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act limits the Administration’s ability to impose duplicative regulations on hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. All this legislation is designed to cut through the reams of red tape coming out of Washington, D.C. that threaten our domestic energy production and kill American jobs.
"Since this President took office, federal oil and natural gas production has declined across the country. In Eastern Washington, we see it affect every demographic, from community college students who have to put gas in their car to drive to class, to seniors struggling to heat their homes, to families forced to pay higher prices at the grocery store, all of us feel the crunch when energy prices rise. And more regulation is not helping. That's what these bills aim to fix. I call on the Senate and the President to do what's right for the American people and swiftly pass these bills."